health

More Than 50 Killed in Angola Yellow Fever Outbreak

LUANDA, Feb 15 – Fifty-one people have now died in a yellow fever outbreak in Angola, less than two months after it started spreading in the capital, the national director of health said. Health experts say the outbreak has been exacerbated by a breakdown in sanitation services and rubbish collection in Luanda and other cities,

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First U.S. Zika Virus Transmission Reported, Attributed to Sex

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 3 – The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health

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Zika Virus Tied to Birth Defects is Int’l Emergency: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ben Hirschler GENEVA/LONDON, Feb 2 – The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, as the U.N. agency sought to build a global response to the threat. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told

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Zika Virus Scare Spreads as Brazil Gears Up for Carnival, Olympics

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 18 – Olympic and tourism officials in Brazil downplayed risks for foreign visitors from the mosquito-borne Zika virus on Monday, even as the health ministry warned pregnant women to consult doctors before visiting the country amid a widening scare. Alarm over the virus, linked to a rising number

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Ebola Epidemic Ended in W. Africa But Flare Ups Possible: WHO

GENEVA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization on Thursday announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks the first time since the epidemic began in 2013 that there have been no known cases of the disease in West Africa. It said, however, that it

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Iraq Bans Poultry Imports from 24 Countries over Avian Flu Threat

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – Iraq has extended a ban on imports of frozen and live poultry products to cover two dozen countries, including China and South Africa, the government said on Sunday. Baghdad last month restricted poultry imports from France, where an outbreak of avian flu has been reported. “The import of poultry and birds of

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Gaza Strip Gets First New Hospital in a Decade

GAZA, Jan 6 – The Gaza Strip’s struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year. After nearly five years of construction, with delays caused

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Puerto Rico Reports First Case of Zika Virus

SAN JUAN, Jan 4 – Puerto Rico has reported its first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a U.S. Congressman said on Thursday. Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, said in a

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Ukraine Health System in Danger of Collapse as Reforms Stall

By Alessandra Prentice STAIKY, Ukraine, Dec 23 – Paint is flaking on the damp walls and cracked ceilings of the small hospital in the Ukrainian village of Staiky and much of the equipment is over 30 years old. Running hot water is not guaranteed and the hospital, serving about 2,800 people in Staiky and other

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Squeezed by Budget and Daesh, Iraq’s Health System Struggles

BAGHDAD, Dec 15 – Iraq’s prime minister responded to protests this summer over failing public services by launching a campaign against corruption and mismanagement, yet more than four months later there is little sign of improvement in one key sector: healthcare. With Iraqis fleeing Daesh in ever greater numbers, the country’s growing population of internal

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